Quetta weeps again

Published: August 8, 2016
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QUETTA / ISLAMABAD: At least 70 people, nearly half of them lawyers, were killed and more than a hundred wounded in a suicide attack targeting mourners gathered at a state-run hospital, on Monday morning. The Balochistan government announced three days of official mourning for the victims of the terrorist attack, one of the deadliest in the country’s history.

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The bomber struck as a crowd of lawyers and journalists crammed into the Emergency Department of the Provincial Sandeman Hospital, known as Civil Hospital, after the fatal shooting of president of the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) Bilal Anwar Kasi earlier in the morning.

Director General Health Dr Masood Nausherwani confirmed at least 70 people have been killed and 112 injured as the body count spiked from earlier estimates. “There are many wounded, so the death toll could rise,” said Rehmat Saleh Baloch, the provincial health minister, voicing his worst fears. An additional district and sessions judge, Muhammad Ali, and a former president of BBA, Baz Muhammed Kakar, were among the dead.

The bombing whipped up fear and panic among residents of Quetta as major shopping districts of the city had been closed soon after the blast.

Police confirmed it was a suicide blast. “The bomber was carrying around eight kilos of explosives packed with ball bearings and shrapnel to inflict maximum casualties,” an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad told The Express Tribune requesting not to be named. The severed legs of the bomber have been recovered and sent for forensic analysis.

The bombing was so intense and loud that it had been heard within a radius of five kilometres. The windows of several shops in the neighbourhood were shattered by the thud.

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Quetta Commissioner Kambar Dashti said the bomber targeted lawyers gathered at the hospital to mourn the killing of BBA president Bilal Anwar Kasi. “It is one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the history of Quetta,” he added. “Police have collected vital forensic evidence from the crime scene and investigations are under way.”

Bilal Kasi was targeted by two unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen on Mano Jan Road as he was travelling to work from his home. “Kasi was shot from very close range in order ensure his death on the spot,” medics at the Civil Hospital said.

Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the shooting and the bombing were coordinated. “The terrorists first targeted a prominent personality and waited for lawyers and other people to gather at the hospital in large numbers before unleashing carnage,” he added.

The Emergency Department of the hospital was crammed with lawyers and journalists when the bomber detonated his suicide vest. Thick, black smoke filled the hall, covering the emergency exit of the hospital.

Nation mourns victims of Quetta blast

Video footage showed bodies strewn on the ground, some still smoking, among pools of blood and shattered glass as shocked survivors cried and comforted one another.

An AFP journalist was about 20 metres away when the bomb went off. “There were huge black clouds and dirt,” he said. “I ran back to the place and saw bodies scattered everywhere and many injured people crying. There were pools and pools of blood around and pieces of human bodies and flesh.”

Nurses and lawyers wept as medics rushed out to help dozens of injured, he said. “People were beating their heads, crying and mourning. They were in shock and grief.”

Pervez Masi, who was injured by pieces of flying glass, said the blast was so powerful that “we didn’t know what had happened”. “So many friends were martyred,” he said. “Whoever is doing this is not human; he is a beast and has no humanity.”

Reporters and camera crew of private television news channels were covering the targeted killing of Bilal Kasi. Two cameramen, Shahzad Khan of Aaj News, and Mehmood Hamdard of DawnNews, were killed on the spot, while Dunya News reporter Freedullah, and cameramen Amin and Fateh were critically wounded.

Police randomly fired gunshots into the air in panic. And it took several minutes to start the rescue operation. A lawyer who survived the attack said he was not allowed inside the Emergency Department by security staff. “I wonder how the bomber managed to get inside as most lawyers were stopped at the entrance,” he told journalists.

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Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri blamed Indian spy agency RAW for the deadly blast meant to create fear and panic in Balochistan where the security situation has improved considerably. Home Minister Bugti claimed the administration has substantial evidence confirming RAW was stoking violence in the province by bankrolling terrorists.

CJP condemns Quetta attack

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali also condemned the attack.

Attack ‘particularly appalling’: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bombing, saying it was “particularly appalling” that the suicide attack targeted a group of mourners.

“The targeting of mourners at a civilian hospital makes the attack particularly appalling,” said Ban’s spokesperson Farhan Haq.

Ban urged the Pakistan government to do its utmost to bring those behind the attack to justice.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Pakistan hospital suicide attack

Islamic State claimed responsibility, the group’s Amaq news agency reported.

“A martyr from the Islamic State detonated his explosive belt at a gathering of justice ministry employees and Pakistani policemen in the city of Quetta,” Amaq said.

The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar has also claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar  said it carried out the attack, although the group is believed to have claimed responsibility for bombings in the past that it was not involved in.

“The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (TTP-JA) takes responsibility for this attack, and pledges to continue carrying out such attacks,” said spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan in a statement.

Only last week, Jamaat was added to the United States’ list of global terrorists, triggering sanctions.

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Reader Comments (85)

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:21AM

    Very sad ! strongly condemn such brutal act.Govt should seal borders and recover all illegal weapons and Give warning to surrender all illegal weapons and explosives.After shoot on sight if some one find possessing illegal weapons and explosives. Recommend

  • Adnan Qureshi
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:22AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
    Terrorism is still alive and well in Pakistan. Maybe it has even become part of our culture.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:51AM

    Looks like bombings have become a cultural thing in Pakistan.Recommend

  • whatever
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:52AM

    Now Pakistani PM must request MSF to help those helpless Pakistanis who are not able to get doctors. These things can be averted if Pakistani establishment become interested in their own citizen welfare rather than interfering in others country mess.Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 8, 2016 - 11:40AM

    Where to stop then. We started with 5 killed and then it had been increasing after every half hour and now it is 40. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • RAWTerror
    Aug 8, 2016 - 11:55AM

    @BrainyBhaijan Yup Because Raw Involvement Has Been Found in the Attack. Indian Terror Needs to Be Exposed in Balochistan As Soon as PossibleRecommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 8, 2016 - 11:55AM

    At least Provincial mourning, if not national mourning, be declared honoring those innocent lives who are lost today. I know for sure that those who are killed cannot be brought back to life even if global mourning is declared what to talk of provincial / national mourning but nevertheless by issuing mourning orders at least the grieving families will be consoled to some extent. I litterly BEG, not just request, Governor and Chief Minister to immediately declare mourning and monetary compensation (optional), yeh appka ehsan e azeem hoga. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat in Kuwait.Recommend

  • Umar Aziz
    Aug 8, 2016 - 11:57AM

    This blast is a sign that indian terrorist network is now activated in Balochistan once again. It’s time to answer india in his language. NO MORE BACKDOOR DIALOGS.

    Why USA is silent on Kulbhushan Yadav? Recommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:02PM

    @Rehmat Ali:

    Govt should seal borders

    Mullah Fazlullah was carrying Pakistani passportRecommend

  • Shahroz
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:06PM

    Mr.Nisar will hold a news conference and blame it on anybody he can think of, saying it is because of CPEC. Mission accomplished.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:07PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan if this is ur reaction then let us celebrate the Mumbai attacks, why should we feel sad??? this is an Indian mentality.Recommend

  • Aug 8, 2016 - 12:08PM

    so what now ? will Pakistan start a counter terrorism operation once again ? Pakistan needs to start a counter-terrorism operation in Afghanistan not Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shehzad
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:09PM

    highly deplorable. Recommend

  • jay
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:21PM

    Free the people of Baluchistan ! Pakistan is welfare Muslims state right ? please look after the welfare of Muslims of Baluchistan , then think about welfaring KahsmirisRecommend

  • Ravindra Sharma
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:27PM

    1 R I P to all departed soul . 2 Clear reminder to establishment that no amount of force can deter fanatics so it is high time for the Govt to provide healing touch to deprived population so violence can be reduce .Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:30PM

    Quetta based bombings are linked more to international drug smugglers. There is a complex mix of taliban partnered up with drug barrons in that region.
    So I would imagine, this has a similar inclining.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:58PM

    Stop lying to us. Terrorism is alive and has returned with vengeance.Recommend

  • Singh
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:59PM

    What is this? What’s wrong with the mentality of these fanatics? OMG. Pls no more innocent killings.Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:05PM

    Baluchistan Interior minister should resign immediately on failure of security. But sorry! this culture not exists in feudal politicians of Pakistan.Pakistani voters are puppets in this feudal system.They select their own dictators.Recommend

  • Aug 8, 2016 - 1:10PM

    still we are unable to save our cities….Karachi..Peshawar…Queeta these three cities hub of terrorists…on targets of terroristsRecommend

  • Realistic
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:15PM

    India is behind whatever goes wrong in Balochistan. Period!Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:46PM

    I think the chest thumping and upbeat security apparatus including the interior ministries, police, levies, military and other LEAs needs some introspection. As someone wise once said 2016 would bring the end of terrorism in Pakistan we have the deadline fast approaching. Kindly take note. Recommend

  • Javed R Siddiqui
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:53PM

    It is a cowered act of terrorism. The security of quetta must be handed to Rangers.Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:19PM

    We always blame others for our failures.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:40PM

    RIP victims. Violence is any form is condemnable.Recommend

  • Rakesh Kumar
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:45PM

    @Umar Aziz:
    For every ill happening India is blamed and this is sick mentality,for your kind information no indian will approve of such bloodshed where innocent lives are lost.We are sick to see this human suffering.Recommend

  • Libra
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:47PM

    Investigate arrested Indian spy and terrorist planner Kulbhoshan, he will tell everything.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:56PM

    Well Chaudry Nisar got his reply………and fast.Recommend

  • Kushal
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:56PM

    Now India should sing the song Pak was singing all along. “Some one’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.”.Recommend

  • Ashfaq11
    Aug 8, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Indian politicians were hinting that revenge for Pakistan’s role in Kashmir trouble will be swift and it has now happened. Raw / NDS will now ramp up their activities to create trouble for Pakistan in balochistan. US will stay silence because of their vested interest.Recommend

  • Frank Mossman
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:05PM

    The time has come for the Pakistani people to realise that there is NO military solution to this problem. The military (chiefly Musharraf and his entourage) IS THE CAUSE of the problem. No sane nation bombs its own citizens. Pakistan must accept its wrongdoing in bombing the Waziris and start immediate and highest priority political talks to make full reparations and reconcilation. There aren’t enough soldiers in the Pakistan army to both protect its borders AND to be everywhere at once throughout Pakistan, to prevent bombings. As this sad event clearly shows, contrary to the claims of the army of its success in its various Zarbs, it is virtually impossible to eradicate civil war. Its root causes must be addressed and rectified.
    Placing the army on a pedestal and exonerating it of its errors will NEVER work.Recommend

  • irfan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Few days ado a Hindu doctor was murdered in Karachi . I mentioned that Pakistan is raising its voice in Kashmir , India will create unrest among civilians .

    Now attack have done in Quetta .

    NS open your eyes , for the benefits of your own steel Industry , dont fall in love with Modi. Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:11PM

    @whatever:
    Get ur facts right, they were getting treated when, those who dont want them get treated attacked,, cowards…Recommend

  • Old Ravian
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:24PM

    So a “foreign hand” will be held responsible for this act, but who is responsible for stopping that hand? will anybody be held responsible and punished for not performing his duty??Recommend

  • Sorry
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:25PM

    Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Nawaz needs to request MSF to attend to those injured in Quetta.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:25PM

    RIP.These things will.The good thing is they dont havent happened for a while.Recommend

  • Fahad Khan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:27PM

    The week (Aug 8) began with twin blasts in Balochistan’s provincial capital city Quetta in which more than 55 people were killed according to the provincial Health Minister. The blasts occurred in the emergency ward of Civil Hospital and many of the victims were lawyers and journalists.
    The lawyers had come to received the dead body of Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Kasi and the wounded former Balochistan Bar President Baz Muhammad Kakar who had been gunned down the day before. Later Kakar also succumbed to the wounds. http://bit.ly/2aKWnLw
    Shahzad Khan who worked as a cameraman for Aaj News was also killed in the attack, while another cameraman of Dawn News was severely injured in the attack. http://bit.ly/2b07m44
    The deaths of media personnel and lawyers is a big blow to our society.
    However, through this grim incident one thing is heartening that the media unanimously reported about details about the media personnel caught in this terrorist attack giving their names and the name of their channels.
    Unity in the media at this dangerous time is a great thing and shows that in grief Pakistanis will unit and stand by each other. http://bit.ly/2bdoJfp The time is not far when the terrorists will come up against a formidable wall of Pakistanis and fail to divide us.Recommend

  • Sacha admi
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:35PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan

    just as [email protected] has become a cultural thing in Endia!Recommend

  • zoro
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:50PM

    Indians can feel the pain … as same terror has been promoted in India
    Mumbai 26/11 carnage and Mumbai train blasts are examples Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 4:12PM

    @irfan: What is your point? Are you saying Pakistan can do nothing to stop this? Recommend

  • Khilari
    Aug 8, 2016 - 4:36PM

    Horrendous! Who are these terrorists when religion clearly says don’t kill women, children, old people and sick+injured? They have digressed from the teachings, so who are they?Recommend

  • Mian
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:23PM

    Those who do it are evil, pure evil people. Recommend

  • Manoj (Delhi)
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:26PM

    No one can grasp the pain of the near and dear ones of those who fell victim to this cowardly attack on innocents. How long and how many more? In the name of humanity, all those seeking redressal of whatever grievance you may have with whoever, please sort it out by talks. Use your mouth and brains. Don’t try to make a point by killing innocents – that is a sign of intellectual bankruptcy.Recommend

  • Srivastava
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:26PM

    Very sorry to hear about this senseless and tragic loss of life, condolences from India. One prays that Pakistan and the Muslim world can rid themselves of the scourge of terrorism for betterment of the world.Recommend

  • Khilari
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:45PM

    I’m sorry, it does not seem possible in the near future. New world order is being laid out in the Middle East and unless it is achieved violence is not going to abate. Do I need to tell you who is laying out ‘the new world order?’@Srivastava: Recommend

  • Reality
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:46PM

    It is so sad, the words has lost its meaning for such acts.
    Where is the management of Quetta and the Country?
    Stop photo sessions, it is a non-serious act of any state actors.
    The management of Quetta and the Country should work for the unity, safety and prosperity of the people of Quetta and the Country, or they should step down.Recommend

  • Syed
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:54PM

    It’s a shame that we are losing almost every day in past decade innocent humain beings with out mercy. Pakistan political parties should consider to let the army ruler bring peace and declared MARSHALAW. We can’t sit and make statement every day and do nothing. History will never forget.
    Should band all the parties and put leaders in jail
    International power should acknowledge this effort.Recommend

  • AMIT LUNIA
    Aug 8, 2016 - 6:18PM

    @ all

    Rest assured, India is not behind this, we have never supported this kind of ghastly act from anyone, anywhere anytime

    Let us all say, this was done by sick persons from very sick societyRecommend

  • Earth
    Aug 8, 2016 - 7:06PM

    @Sami Shahid:
    At the same time there was a blast in Afghanistan in jalalabad. So what ur saying is nonsense Recommend

  • Sameer
    Aug 8, 2016 - 7:14PM

    India is Ready to Send Panel of 1000 Doctors without Boundaries to Quetta for those who Survived.. Pakistan care of martyrs.Recommend

  • Shakti
    Aug 8, 2016 - 7:58PM

    What a waste of human lives! This region has lost all humanity !!Recommend

  • Someone
    Aug 8, 2016 - 8:20PM

    Heartless people showing their faces on these pages. Go and provide care in IOK [email protected]: Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 8, 2016 - 9:06PM

    Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَRecommend

  • Reality
    Aug 8, 2016 - 9:24PM

    Above everything, the people of India and Pakistan, should stop making point scoring at each other. It is about human being, common man, aam admi (the mango people). If we keep on going with this point scoring at each other, then we are providing a common ground for those who are careless about the mango people of both sides.Recommend

  • sk
    Aug 8, 2016 - 9:38PM

    Mr. Nawaz should immediately express his solidarity with the suicide bomber & declare him to be martyr. Pak Lawyers should immediately protest & boycott the proceedings for the day in support of the suicide bombers.Recommend

  • Pukar
    Aug 8, 2016 - 9:45PM

    We don’t want organisations like jamaatur ahrar. Down with them. Death to them.Recommend

  • zameer
    Aug 8, 2016 - 9:46PM

    When more than half of police force is employed for security of VIP and VVIP then it leaves not much force for the protection of common citizens.Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:17PM

    So many lost souls, so many victims over the years. Its madness. The war is far from over against these so called religious militants.Recommend

  • Rustam
    Aug 8, 2016 - 11:26PM

    “Ban Ki-moon condemns terrorist bombing today at the Civil Hospital in Quetta.”
    We donot appreciate hollow words. Get international financiers of the terrorist. You wil know who is after such acts if you arrange to investigate a serving spymaster caught in Baluchistan. Please act.. Recommend

  • Rustam
    Aug 8, 2016 - 11:32PM

    @bigsaf: They are sold commodities – paid assassinators. Who bought them? Investigate the recently caught spymaster in Baluchistan and you will know the real faces of perpetrator.. Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Aug 9, 2016 - 12:18AM

    Indians did not kill these many in one month in Kashmir. Muslims who got killed wee not even throwing stones.Recommend

  • BB Khan
    Aug 9, 2016 - 12:32AM

    Thank you Jinnah for giving us Pakistan.Recommend

  • siesmann
    Aug 9, 2016 - 1:29AM

    A country pays for its sins-well,common man pays in this life for after-lifers.The hatred sown,and still being perpetuated is the bane of Pakistan. Somebody even mentioning support for a minority is fatwazied to be killed by inhuman mullahs.The blood-letting will continue unless Mullah is put in his place.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 9, 2016 - 4:59AM

    Wow, CM Zehri proudly claims to have evidence of RAW involvement in this terrorist bombing!!
    Too bad that TTP splinter group already gleefully claimed responsibility!
    Too bad the media will NEVER ever see the EVIDENCE of Indian involvement because there is none!
    Just when will the media ever vigirously question such politicians as to WHY such “evidence” has never made it to the public eye over the last twenty years???Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Aug 9, 2016 - 5:03AM

    @Rustam:
    I’m sure your belief is sincere. However I don’t subscribe to the foreign conspiracy. Just because one RAW agent was caught helping Baloch separatists does not mean it applies to all different type of terrorist criminal groups, where proof of so called backers has rarely ever been produced. I believe it is what it is and there’s no reason to be in denial about it. They’re local ideologues who want to bring the state to its knees. It is the trend seen globally. Recommend

  • sss
    Aug 9, 2016 - 5:03AM

    India should be confronted, in its desperation it is resorting to terrorism but it will still loose kashmirRecommend

  • Kolsat
    Aug 9, 2016 - 5:44AM

    @RAWTerror: While symapthising with the friends and relatives of those killed in the blast, I must condmn your immediate reaction that India is involved. Don’t Pakistanis understand that they allwed many snakes in their gardens over the years who are now begun to bite them. remember Hillary Clinton’s words. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 9, 2016 - 6:53AM

    The deep state is using its agents to eliminate secular Baluchs. India must send doctors to treat injured Baluchs.Recommend

  • Avtar
    Aug 9, 2016 - 6:54AM

    Sad tragedy. If CM has the evidence of Indian involvement, he should present it to appropriate authorities. It is inhuman to attack hospitals.Recommend

  • zameer
    Aug 9, 2016 - 10:50AM

    When more than half of police force is employed for security of VIP and VVIP then it leaves not much force for the protection of common citizens. Until this VIP is eliminated this will continue to happen.Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Aug 9, 2016 - 11:06AM

    India as part of its principled policy of providing moral and diplomatic support to the Balochistan freedom cause must call for independent UN inquiry into the extrajudicial killing of legal, medical and other educated persons in Baluchistan by Punjabi Military dominated Deep State of Pakistan and her “Good Terrorist” “Strategic Asset” proxies in Quetta Civil Hospital and elsewhere.Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Aug 9, 2016 - 11:07AM

    India as part of its principled policy of providing moral and diplomatic support to the Balochistan freedom cause must call for independent UN inquiry into the extrajudicial killing of legal, medical and other educated persons in Baluchistan by Punjabi Military dominated Deep State of Pakistan and her “Good Terrorist” “Strategic Asset” proxies in Quetta Civil Hospital and elsewhere.Recommend

  • Aug 9, 2016 - 11:49AM

    @Ravindra Sharma:
    Nope. This is the handiwork of India.Recommend

  • Aug 9, 2016 - 11:51AM

    @Sameer:
    Nope. India is not sending anything.Recommend

  • singh
    Aug 9, 2016 - 12:29PM

    Leave your obsession with India. Don’t blame others for your own [email protected]: Recommend

  • Appu
    Aug 9, 2016 - 12:46PM

    Is it India who uses drones to kill the Baloch or had given safe dhelter to Osama-bin-Laden?Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 9, 2016 - 3:40PM

    Whenever I have clicked each time I have found that casualties are increasing. The 1st report was that 5 are killed and since then it is continually increasing not because new attacks are being carried out but because some of the injured are fighting for their lives where anyone who fails dies. I presume many must still be in critical conditions and God forbid, eventually a few may eventually die or turn incapacitated. The more I think or more I pen more gloomy I turn and will repeat what many have been saying for years not just months or weeks or days that we have totally failed in protecting the lives of our citizens but very much ironically none from our power corridor wants to admit it come what may and instead they very proudly boast of saying that they have controlled terrorism to such a great extent and now people are praising the government. It reminds me, if not annoying, that when our forces were entrapped in East Pakistan and it was very much imminent that we will be bitterly defeated but our Gen Niazi commanding our forces in East Pakistan and all those who mattered for that matter did not tell us the truth but instead boasted of that they have solidified their position and enemy is being defeated. The result is right before us and I need not say that we were victorious or defeated in East Pakistan. Doesn’t u agree with me? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / KuwaitRecommend

  • Fed up
    Aug 9, 2016 - 9:16PM

    Have they provided care in IOK? Look after your own house [email protected]: Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 10, 2016 - 12:14AM

    Just keep weeping, its all this living dead population can do. Dont ever raise your voice to put an end to this..Recommend

  • Rao
    Aug 10, 2016 - 1:09AM

    @Realistic: May be Israelis and Indians.Recommend

  • Anam Batool
    Aug 10, 2016 - 2:07AM

    Ye log Alah say kyun nahi dartay….us din say kyun nahi dartay jis din Alah in say aik aik bat ka hisab le ga…Insani janen is tarha lete hain…koi inhay bataye k Alah k ghar in ka kya hashar ho ga..Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Aug 10, 2016 - 3:54AM

    Quetta weeps…….and Nawaz is writing to UN about Kashmir. Only in Pakistan!!!!Recommend

  • SSS
    Aug 10, 2016 - 5:01AM

    @Frank Mossman: The Pakistan army is not independent…the orders come from Washington; this was never our war and we will never win by the gun; two superpowers along with 42 NATO poodles have lost in Afghanistan so Pakistan doesn’t stand a chance. Why are we killing our own brothers at the behest of paymasters? that is the questionRecommend

  • sss
    Aug 10, 2016 - 5:26AM

    @AMIT LUNIA: !00% India is behind this. India is a sick nation that shoots kids in Kashmir but mark my words one day India will be defeated because it is on the wrong side of moral behaviour and one day India will be broken to bits by its own people; already there are insurgencies from Kashmir all the way to Assam.Recommend

  • Frank Mossman
    Aug 10, 2016 - 11:36PM

    @SSS
    “The Pakistan army is not independent…the orders come from Washington”
    To have an army which acts as a fifth column, as an agent of a foreign adversarial power, as a Trojan horse, is much worse than having no army at all. Any sensible strategist would have known at the very outset, what the long-term consequences of bombing the Waziris would be. The experience of the British Raj in the hands of the Waziris is one of the most important lessons of British colonial history. What do they teach in Pakistan’s military academies? The cost of disobeying your alleged “orders from Washington” would have been a pittance in comparison with the accumulated and unending cost of this civil war instigated by the Pakistan Army. Recommend

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